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‘Ugly Betty’ Creator Silvio Horta Dead At 45 In Suicide



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The creator of Ugly Betty Silvio Horta has died at 45 after committing suicide. 

Born in Miami, the late screenwriter broke into Hollywood after studying at New York University in 1998, after writing the screenplay for Urban Legend.

In 2007, his series Ugly Betty won a Golden Globe for best comedy, where at the time he said, “Like most of us up here, Betty is an immigrant and The American Dream is alive and well and in reach of anybody who wants it.”

Vanessa Williams, who played Wilhemina Slater, has reacted to the devastating news, saying, “Still in shock after hearing the tragic news of our Ugly Betty creator Silvio Horta. His creativity and passion will be missed by so many of us that worked with him. May he Rest In Peace.”



Christopher Gorham, who played Marc St. James has said, “Silvio Horta gave me two of the greatest opportunities in my career with Jake 2.0 and Ugly Betty. I will be forever grateful for his creativity, his enormous heart, and his friendship. His family was his world and my heart goes out to them tonight. Let’s all take care of each other.”

America Ferrera, who played Betty Suarez has written on Instagram, “I’m stunned and heartbroken to hear the devastating news of Ugly Betty creator, Silvio Horta’s death.

His talent and creativity brought me and so many others such joy & light. I’m thinking of his family and loved ones who must be in so much pain right now- and of the whole Ugly Betty family who feel this loss so deeply.”

According to Variety, Horta was found dead in a Miami motel room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


Rest in Peace.

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